Northern Ireland Water has kickstarted the procurement for its water and sewerage infrastructure framework, which is worth a total of £1.68bn.
The Integrated Partnerships Framework will support the delivery of the next Price Control period (PC21) business plan which will run from April 2021 to March 2027.
It will also support the remainder of the proposed investments set out in the current PC15 business plan, which ends 31 March 2021.
The two year framework is divided into three lots and includes major and minor water and infrastructure works. Northern Ireland Water can extend the contract by up to four years.
The first lot, for minor infrastructure works, is worth £240M and the lot for major works is worth up to £1.2bn. Another lot, for non-infrastructure works, is worth £240M.
Places on the framework are now open for bids, with the deadline for submissions set for 20 June. Shortlisted bidders will be called to make final submissions at the end of August.